noun, plural ale·hous·es [eyl-hou-ziz] /ˈeɪlˌhaʊ zɪz/.

a tavern where ale or beer is sold; bar; pub.

Origin of alehouse

before 1000; Middle English, Old English. See ale, house Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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archaic a place where ale was sold; tavern
informal another name for pub
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Word Origin and History for alehouse

also ale-house, Old English eala-huse; see ale + house (n.). An alehouse "is distinguished from a tavern, where they sell wine" [Johnson].

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